Wheel of Fortune (1998)

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Wheel of Fortune (1998)
Wheel of Fortune (1998) cover
Artech Digital Entertainment
Hasbro Interactive
Release dates
Windows November 15, 1998
Series Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune (1998) on MobyGames
Wheel of Fortune (1998) on Wikipedia
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Key points

Video rendered as white (no, not Vanna White) when played on modern systems. (See fixes for solution)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Game runs at 800x600.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
All visuals in the game run at 15 frames per second.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Wheel uses all 26 letters of the English alphabet.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Required to navigate the menus.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
The audio can only be turned on or off, which affects all audio in the game.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Switching out of the game causes graphical issues.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
3 Hot seat
Wheel of Fortune has each player taking turns to solve a word puzzle by guessing letters. Except for Solo games, unused spots are filled with CPU players.
LAN play
Online play

Issues unresolved[edit]

(Linux only) Videos cause program to become unresponsive[edit]

All FMVs will bring up an error regarding the Indeo video codec used to play them. The program will proceed until it's time to play the first puzzle, but as soon as Vanna appears, the program will become unresponsive, requiring the program to be terminated. As said before, videos can be disabled in the options to make the game playable.


Videos show as white[edit]

Restores all FMVs to their original format, fixes the white square issue.
Use a DirectDraw wrapper[1]
  1. Download the DirectDrawCompat wrapper.
  2. Extract the contents from the .zip file into the game's installation folder.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) 1 MB VGA adapter
DirectX 5.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Other 4x speed CD-ROM drive


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).